Wealth and poverty: the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent
The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.
Johann von Goethe
As high as mind stands above nature, so high does the state stand above physical life. Man must therefore venerate the state as a secular deity. The march of God in the world, that is what the State is.
All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods.
Non sempre ciò che vien dopo è progresso.
The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient. They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.
Martin Van Buren
Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat
I can and shall yield to no call that does not come from the spontaneous action and free will of the nation at large and void of the slightest agency of my own. In no case can I permit myself to be a candidate of any part, or yield myself to any party schemes.
The best portraits are perhaps those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and under a just God, can not long retain it.